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ALLEN CONTINUES TO STRESS THAT TIME IS SHORT FOR 'HAWKS DEAL

          Paul Allen "warned" WA lawmakers in a letter that they
     "have just one shot -- the current session -- to approve a
     June vote on his plan to replace the Kingdome" with a $425M
     stadium and exhibition hall, according to Ed Penhale of the
     SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER.  WA Gov. Gary Locke supported
     Allen by adding there "would be no special session on the
     legislation."  The POST-INTELLIGENCER's Penhale notes the
     stadium funding bill is "near death" in the House because of
     the proposed 2.5% tax on sports-licensed merchandise and
     some Members have called on Allen to contribute more to the
     stadium proposal than the $100M he has offered.  WA State
     Rep. Paul Zellinksy had asked Allen to "make another run at
     the stadium next year," but Allen responded that if the
     current proposal fails in the House, he will not exercise
     his option to buy the team.  Allen: "As to why I just don't
     pay for everything, I was asked to be a partner in this
     endeavor, not the only partner.  We are convinced that fans
     want to be a part of the solution.  If they don't, they will
     tell us at the polls" (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/17).
  
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